Gladys and buses

Over 700 breakdowns of buses according to Berejiklian and Constance – but my question is WHY/ Why are the faults in the buses not attended to? Is it because – as a bus driver said to me – that Gladys was getting ready to sell off the bus lines (note “lines” not just the current lines under discussion). Will private bus lines be better maintained and if not will those bus lines be subject to condemnation or even returned to the government?  No way!!!   Is it intended to privatise ALL buses?  Will we be told – no!!!!

Chelsea and Donald

Poor WikiLeaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning – released from gaol after seven years (SMH 18 May) for doing much the same thing – disclosure of intelligence matter – as the President of the USA. But Donald will tough it out and build up his ego without doing time in any form.

The amazing Donald Trump

Is this how Donald Trump conducted his business interests prior to becoming President of the USA? Lies, obfuscation, mind-boggling mind-switches, vindictive staff relations, constant staff turnover…how on earth did he become a billionaire. Oh yes! He confused and bewildered his business opponents but for how long will this system work in diplomatic/political circles.
Will someone remind me – what were Nixon and Clinton taken to task for – impeached for?

A new rule – an old problem

Isn’t it time to bring in a new rule to politics – if a sitting member resigns for any reason other than (genuine,- repeat “genuine”) health/family reasons, they should be required to pay at least part of the incurred cost of the by-election caused by their resignation.  How hard would this be to bring in – how hard to get through Parliament – how hard to get members to agree.

Isn’t it time to bring in a new rule to politics – if a sitting member resigns for any reason other than (genuine,- repeat “genuine”) health/family reasons, they should be required to pay at least part of the incurred cost of the by-election caused by their resignation.  How hard would this be to bring in – how hard to get through Parliament – how hard to get members to agree.

The poor old taxpayer

$4M for four years for one Rugby League player and that’s not counting many, many more on up to $1M annually. And then we come to the Administrative people like the CEOs, and the coaches and what else and that is duplicated across the Codes including Cricket.
The question is – Why does the taxpayer have to foot the bill to demolish and then rebuild stadiums for these sports – for these for-profit organisations?
It’s gone crazy – millions and millions of dollars that could be spent on hospitals and schools and even for homeless people. Let’s face it – the majority of people in this city (5M at last count) do not go at any time to any of these sporting events which are just about confined to the weekends.
I repeat in case nobody heard me – Why does the taxpayer have to pay for sporting stadiums when they are operated for profit for sporting bodies?
Perhaps it is to keep sports commentators/ex players in a lucrative job. But how many of the viewing public actually watch these sporting events?  How many actually go to these multi million dollar stadiums to watch the game when they can, if they are even interested, watch on TV?

questionable decisions – councils

Have we gone mad? Needing green space/green lungs in the inner west and more open areas for people as well as sporting grounds, and Strathfield Council will – or intends to build – a Korean cultural centre on sporting fields in Homebush.
Did they consult? Did the electorate know? Is this land public land? Who owns public land? And what was wrong with the original site suggested on an unused hill at the northern end of Bressington Park in Homebush but has been shifted without consultation onto fields reportedly consuming up to five cricket fields.
Who is on this Council? Who has affiliations with the Korean Community? Who has received funding from whom? The questions are endless. And what will the Minister for Local Government do about this and when will something be done about councils taking over public land that was originally intended for and now is used for open spaces? And when will there be enquiries into Councils after the amount of questionable dealings we have seen lately…and when will we see the end of money for sporting fields?

Joe Hockey – Ambassador at large (expense)

Joe Hockey heaps praise upon Trump cabinet – SMH recently. Our Ambassador to the US, former treasurer Joe Hockey has praised the Trump administration for being practical and not beholden to ideology or tradition.
That’s all very well but is the Australian taxpayer paying for baby minding while Joe is here defending Trump? That’s the vital question.